We offer a variety of preventive procedures in our office for patients of all ages. As recommended by the American Dental Association, we encourage a dental exam and cleaning every six months.
1. Early diagnosis of tooth decay. An important reason to visit your dentist regularly is to prevent or identify cavities at the earliest stage. Early diagnosis can prevent much more serious problems such as pain, broken teeth and eventual tooth loss. Preventing these major issues is less expensive, less time-consuming and less stressful than replacing or repairing teeth.
2. Clean teeth. Clean teeth go way beyond having a nice smile and pleasant-smelling breath. For proper oral health and hygiene, you must brush and floss the correct way. Dental hygienists are experts in giving individualized brushing and flossing advice to each patient. Inadequate plaque removal can lead to calculus (also called tarter) formation on the teeth. The presence of this hardened debris can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. Calculus must be removed with specialized dental instruments; this procedure is more easily and more comfortably accomplished every six months.
3. Prevention of Gum/Periodontal Disease. Certain systemic diseases or a lack of dental care may lead to periodontal disease, which degrades the bone and ligament attachments that hold teeth in place. Bone loss can lead to sensitivity, pain, infection and eventual tooth loss. Recent research also suggests a correlation between periodontal disease and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke to name a few.
4. Oral Cancer Screening. The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that 53,000 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed in 2019. Diagnosed early, the survival rate for patients with oral cancer is between 80 and 90%. Unfortunately, the majority of oral cancers diagnosed currently are late-stage cancers which have only a 43% five-year survival rate. Routine oral cancer screenings can lead to early diagnosis and treatment.